“Making judgements is the nafs feeding itself and making it self-important. Lets be real, you only judge people for the things YOU don’t do. If you’re someone who wears nailpolish you would never judge someone who also wears nailpolish because that would hurt your nafs. SO your nafs looks at the things that you see other people are struggling with religiously and that you’ve already mastered and so you use that subconsciously as a way of making yourself above those people, even though that’s not your explicit motive for doing it or judging them, it is the consequence of that judgement …”—Zahra M.
“When we judge people and put them into categories (which we all do) its kind of like we are doing Allah’s job of predicting their fate. Like this person drinks so they must be like this and that, but when we do that, we are not giving them a chance…we are taking away their chance at improving because we’ve already decided who they are and that is not right. Allah gives us a million chances to change our ways and turn to Him while hiding our flaws and sins, who are we to take that away from someone else?”—Maryam Z.
O Allah keep me alive, in this month, wrapped in the compassion (Thou feels) for the orphans; provide me wholesome meals; and let me show forth myself as a true Muslim to spread Islam, let me move in the company of the noble-minded persons, through Thy power, O the Ultimate resting-place of those who long for safety.
“What I was searching to find in my purification, mortification, striving and servitude, I found in serving my mother. One night my mother woke up and asked me for a glass of water. I hurried to bring her some water. I searched around the house and there was no water in the container nor in the bucket. It was a cold night. I went outside to the spring to get some water. When I came back my mother was asleep. So I stayed beside her bed with the glass of water. Near dawn she woke up and upon hearing my story she took the water, drank it, and prayed for me. In that moment, I found what my heart was looking for.”—Bayazid al-Bastami
“To all those broken or hopeless, I have learned this: Be grateful for every single person who was part of your story. The ones that hurt you. The ones that helped you. The ones that came, and the ones that left. They all taught you. Don’t think for a moment that any of it was random. There are no oversights with God. Only perfectly crafted chapters in each unique journey.”—Yasmin Mogahed
“I pray that none of us are using our tumblrs to promote ourselves but rather promote Allah’s message. The moment you cover Allah from the scene and try to mention yourself … you are no different than a Kaffir. A Kaffir means someone that covers. Remember, it’s all about Him. Not you. You wouldn’t be here without Him. So don’t cover Him. You aren’t blogging to tell the world about how religious or spiritual you are. That defeats the purpose.”—
“Imam Sadiq (A.S.) said: With the advent of the month of Ramadhan, Imam Ali Ibn al-Hussain (A.S.) would cease to speak about anything except dua, tasbeeh (glorification of Allah), isteghfar (seeking forgiveness) and takbeer (saying ‘Allahu Akbar’).”— Al-Kafi, vol. 4, pg. 88 (via yaseeneducation)
“A student asked: If the shaytan is locked up during Ramadan, why do we still do bad things? A teacher answered: What happens when you stir a cup of coffee for a long time? After you take the spoon out the coffee continues to stir on its own, right? Shaytan is that stirrer and we are his coffee. Our bad habits continue to stir even when he is away.”—
“Let us fast from our bad habits and our reactions. Let us fast from desiring what we do not have. Let us fast from obsession. Let us fast from despair. Let us fast from not loving our self, and from denying our heart. Let us fast from selfishness and self-centered behavior. Let us fast from thinking that only what serves us is important. Let us fast from seeing reality only from our own point of view. Let us fast from seeing any reality other than Allah, and from relying on anything other than Allah. Let us fast from desiring anything other than Allah and Allah’s Prophets and friends, and our own true self. Essentially, let us fast from thinking that we have any existence separate from Allah.”—Khalid Latif
Yes, I follow Seyed Ali Khamenei. There are different methods to pick a marjaa but I followed the method of asking knowledgeable and just men who were very familiar with different marja’as to advise me on who they think is most knowledgeable. The overwhelming majority gave me the response of either Seyed Sistani or Seyed Ali Khamenei.
Alhamdulilah we have a lot of good marjaas out there. May God grant them more success each day.
It is narrated that the Holy Prophet (saws) said that one who says the following supplication after each obligatory prayer during the month of Ramadhan will have all his sins forgiven up to the day of Resurrection:
In the Name of Allah; the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.
O Allah, gladden the people of the graves,
O Allah, enrich every poor person,
O Allah, satisfy every hungry one,
O Allah, clothe every unclothed one,
O Allah, help every debtor pay his debts,
O Allah, relieve every distressed one,
O Allah, return every traveler (to his home),
O Allah release every prisoner,
O Allah, correct every wrong in the affairs of the Muslims,
O Allah, cure every sick one,
O Allah, ease our poverty by Your wealth,
O Allah, change our evil state to a good one through Your excellent state,
O Allah, relieve us of our debts, and help us against poverty, Surely You have power over all things.
“My dear son! carefully and very carefully remember these sayings of mine. The Lord who is the Master of death is also the Master of life. The Creator is the Annihilator. And the One who annihilates has the power to bring everything back again to existence. The One who sends calamities has also the power to protect you from them.”—Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (AS), Nahjul Balagha, Letter 31 (via yaseeneducation)
“You fall in love, and you idealize, and you inevitably get disappointed. The solution is to fall in love with somebody perfect. Fall in love with Hussein (a.s.). You will not be disappointed. Fall in love with Ar-Ridha (a.s.). Fall in love with Imam Zaman (ajts). The only solution to giving up your addictions is falling in love. And once you do that, even your love for others will be for the sake of Allah. When you love others for the sake of Allah, you will be more tolerant, more compassionate, less judgmental. You will see their flaws and you will still love them. And you will learn that true love is not to love someone because they are perfect, but to love them despite their imperfections. Because that is how Allah loves you. Can you imagine if the Prophet (saws) or Ahlul Bayt (a.s.) would only love us if we were perfect? For they say they love their Shi’a, and they know we are imperfect…and despite that they love us. Because they have that width and breadth to take that much.”— Br. Khalil Jaffer
“When you see someone who is not as religious, remember that you were once on the edge of the fire, and it was Allah Subhaana wa Ta’ala’s favor upon you to guide you. Arrogance will wipe away any goodness from the transformation.”—Nouman Ali Khan
“..I wonder at a person who knows that he/she will die alone, go into the grave alone, give accounts alone, but is still totally engrossed with people who will not be able to help him/her.”—Hadith Qudsi
“You want a real jihad? Smile to your parents when you come home. Pray on time. Control your tongue, remind your brothers and sisters not to loosen theirs. Control your eyes, and control your thoughts.”—